Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Arts and Heritage, Robert Troy TD, has congratulated Colum McCann on winning the International Impac Dublin Literary Award.

“Colum McCann is an acclaimed novelist and there are many glowing reviews of his winning novel Let the Great World Spin.  The fact that Mr McCann’s work beat nine other nominees and was described by the judging panel as a ‘remarkable literary work’ is a credit to him.  He is also the second Irish author to win the world renowned prize.

“Today is a proud day for Irish arts.  Mr McCann’s success demonstrates to the world that Ireland is still rich with the culture for which we are held in high regard.”

“I also want to pay tribute to Colm Tóibín, who previously won the Impac Literary Award in 2006, who was shortlisted this year for Brooklyn, and William Trevor was short-listed for his novel Love and Summer.”

“The strength and depth of Irish culture and art continues to be recognised at home and abroad and I hope the Government will continue to show the support that has been afforded to artists in the years ahead.”